Here at Fiber Control, Inc., we talk a lot about the prevalence of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in homes. Consider this blog your one-stop-shop for the most common offenders when it comes to asbestos in residential homes. While some of this, such as popcorn ceiling and insulation, can be easily dated and traced back to its source, other common asbestos-containing features are hard to spot without a full inspection.
Home Insulation: Attic, Basement, and Pipes
Asbestos fibers can trap air, making them great insulators. Between this property, how it could be spun into textiles, low cost, and fire and heat resistance, asbestos saw use in both general home insulation as well as in boilers and pipes.
- Home Insulation: Various types of insulation installations, with notable standouts like loose-fill insulation.
- Pipe Wrappings and Transite: Thin insulation wrappings (also known as lagging) around hot water pipes. Pipes could also be made of asbestos cement, also known as transite.
Home Fireproofing: Fireplaces, Roofing, and Flooring
As a silicate mineral, asbestos is naturally fireproof and was incorporated or made into various types of fireproofing materials, from building materials to textiles. With 6.5 billion dollars in property loss due to fires in a single year, the prevention of fires has long been an interest in homeowners, their insurers, and municipalities; therefore, it isn’t a surprise that asbestos was used widely before the 1990s.
- Asbestos in Chimneys, Fireplaces and Ornamental Logs
- Asbestos Fireproofing: Where and Why It’s in Our Homes
- Asbestos Felt: Used in Roofing, Flooring, and More
Textured Surfaces: Popcorn Ceiling and Drywall Compounds
Beyond the other properties mentioned, asbestos fibers also made a useful texturing compound as well as adding strength and its other properties. It was often used in popcorn ceilings – particularly dangerous as many homeowners think about removing them without testing. Likewise, it was used in drywall, drywall joint compounds, and as a texture as part of a finish system.
If your home was built before 1990, it could contain asbestos in one of these common features. If you’re planning on remodeling or worried about damaged parts of your home, think about getting an asbestos inspection. Fiber Control, Inc. are certified asbestos abatement specialists in both Massachusetts and Connecticut, and we’re here to help. Contact us today to get started.